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Takeda K, Harada A, Okuda S, Fujimi S, et al

Sudden death in chronic dialysis patients

Nephrol Dial Transplant (May) 12:952-955 1997

Sudden death is a common cause of demise of dialysis patients. However, as autopsies are not often obtained, the true cause of death remains a bit of a mystery. One presumption is an arrhythmic death, although CVA may also be considered in some cases.

In this paper from Japan, an 82% autopsy rate in 113 deaths (93 autopsies) allowed some insight as to the cause of these deaths. As 35/93 autopsied deaths were considered sudden (defined as death within 24 h of acute illness), one was able to ascertain the true causes for these sudden deaths.

To find out what the results were, hyperlink to the abstract of this paper, which is available from Oxford Press at this site.